Farmington High had no trouble moving to 4-0 in District 1-4A on Saturday in Kirtland.
The Scorpions (17-7, 4-0 District 1-4A) defeated the Kirtland Central Broncos (7-12, 0-4) 11-1 in just five innings behind a complete game from starting pitcher Matt Huffhines.
“It was a good win considering it is prom day and all the other stuff,” said FHS head coach Sean Trotter. “After the last time we played Kirtland and won 27-5, it would have been easy to come out and not play very good.”
Huffhines struck out four Broncos and allowed one unearned run.
“He walked some guys early before settling in. He loaded the bases in the second inning but got out of trouble and was good the rest of the way,” Trotter said. “We are very happy with that outing.”
Kirtland Central pitched Rashaan Sorrelhorse, who held Farmington High without a run in the first two innings.
“He blanked us. We had to figure some things out. We had seven hits in the third and scored five runs and then six more runs in the fourth inning. That was it,” Trotter said. “We had OK at-bats, but we hit balls right at guys.”
Farmington High had 11 hits in the game. Both teams committed just one fielding error.
Austin Davis was 2-for-3 with an RBI in the game while Huffhines and Lance Lee each had three RBIs.
Lee was 2-for-2 with a triple in the game while Huffhines was 2-for-4 at the plate.
Kirtland Central will see Piedra Vista at home on Tuesday while Farmington High will host Aztec.
A win on Tuesday will set Farmington up to host Piedra Vista on Saturday with the District 1-4A title on the line.
“You never know what can happen. I don’t know if we will see (Tyson) Curley when we face Aztec. Regardless, they have several guys over there that can pitch a bit and give anybody in the state a go,” Trotter said. “If we don’t come out ready to go, then it could trip us up. Aztec is a good club. You can’t look at their recent losses. Our guys have four games left as a Scorp at Ricketts Park. We want to take those one game at a time and one step at a time.”
Trotter is hoping his starting pitcher on Tuesday can go a complete game to give the Scorpions a wide selection to use if needed against PV.
“You want to have all the bullets you possibly can have. Hopefully we come out and throw strikes and play good defense Tuesday and have all hands on deck for Saturday’s matchup,” Trotter said. “That will be huge for our bullpen.”
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